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  • Last Updated : 13 Apr, 2020
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30 MCQs in 45 minutes related to Data Structures, Algorithms, Operating System and Database Management System. If you are preparing for GATE then it is very easy task for you as all the questions were from previous year gate papers. This test was conducted on cocubes platform.

*Only 118 students were shortlisted out of 700 students.


We were given 4 problems for 90 minutes, language was optional but preferred was Java or C++ on cocubes platform.
The questions were divided into 2 easy and 2 hard, Easy were of 5 Marks, Hard were of 10 marks.

  1. Given an array with n elements and an integer k. Divide the array into subarrays, each of them containing k elements. For example:
    Input: arr[]={1, 32, 5, 6, 9, 3} and k=2

The subarrays will have elements

{132}, {56}, {93}.

Now sort these subarrays as {56}, {93}, {132}. Merge these subarrays together and display them as the elements of original array in sorted order as

Final output: arr[]={5, 6, 9, 3, 1, 32}


Solution Link:

  1. find the sum of contiguous subarray within a one-dimensional array of numbers which has the largest sum.

  1. Check whether first string is contained in the second string in sequence or not.

For ex. String 1: bcdf

String 2: abccadef

Output: Yes

Ex 2: String 1: abcdddef

String 2: bacd

Output: No

  1. Count no. of substrings of a number which are divisible by k.
  • Students who had done 3 or 4 questions were shortlisted for the next round. Only 23 students were shortlisted for next round.


This Interview was purely based on oops with C++, Data Structures, Algorithms and Operating System and this interview was gone for around 1 hour.

  1. Projects
  2. OOPS concepts in C++
  3. Virtual function & pure virtual function in C++ along with code.
  4. Abstract class in C++
  5. STL (Maps, Vector, Pair etc.) in C++
  6. Internal working of vector in C++ STL
  7. Quick Sort VS Merge Sort (with dry run on any random example)
  8. Which data structures do you know?
  9. Memory layout in C
  10. Storage of local variables, static variables, global variables etc.
  11. What is the role of heap in memory layout of C?
  12. Pseudo code for prime numbers generation from 1 to n. (They will ask why to check a number to its square root for checking it is prime or not)
  13. There is infinite stream of data coming then tell the approach to tell top 5 elements up to any point. (Best approach is using min heap)
  14. Binary Search Tree
  15. Pseudo code to check whether the given Binary tree is BST or not.
  16. Semaphore and mutex
  17. Process Synchronization
  18. Pseudo code to check whether the given linked list is palindrome or not.
  19. Optimized solution for finding middle node of the linked list.
  20. Reverse a singly linked list (Approach only)
  21. Can we find the no. of elements in array using sizeof() operator? If yes,   then why do we pass no. of elements in the array as a parameter in function?
  22. As my all the projects were in python then they’ve asked why you code in c++ then?
  23. Recursion
  24. Some basic problems on recursion.
  • Only 15 students were shortlisted for next round.


  1. Find first intersection node of 2 linked list.
  2. Find maximum node data in Binary tree.
  3. Balanced Parenthesis problem.
  4. Pseudo code to determine whether 2 binary trees are identical or not.
  5. Pseudo code to determine whether 2 binary trees are mirror of each other or not.
  6. Time and space complexity of above all codes.
  7. Asked about Projects.
  • Only 10 students were shortlisted for the next round.


  1. Tell one project which you consider is your favourite.
  2. Which data structures are your favourite?
  3. Given 2 Binary trees, write pseudo code to check whether the second tree is a subset of 1st one or not.
  4. Given 2 large nos. in form of linked list where each node contains single digit. Write a program to add these 2 nos. and give the output in the new linked list. (Optimized solution)
  5. Reverse a singly linked list.


  1. Given 4-5 C/C++ code snippets on strings and pointers. They asked about their output with the explanation.
  2. Given 1 function and they asked to predict possible output when 2 threads are accessing that code.
  3. Critical section and its 3 conditions.
  4. Semaphore vs mutex.
  5. What are atomic operations?
  6. Pseudo code to swap two constant strings using functions.
  7. Your strengths and weaknesses.
  8. Asked about the project that you’ve done in a team and what was your role?
  9. Difficulty faced during team work.
  10. Your biggest achievement till now.
  • Now, only 5 students were shortlisted for the HR round.

Round 7: HR ROUND 

  1. How have your previous rounds gone?
  2. Family background.
  3. Strengths and weaknesses.
  4. Current placement offers.
  5. Any plans for higher studies and Why?
  6. Why have you opted Computer Science?
  7. In which companies you’ve given interviews or written rounds?
  8. 1 or 2 easy puzzles
  • Out of 5, 2 were finally selected for the job and 2 were kept on waiting list and I was one of them. But after 4 weeks we both also were selected for the job.
  • Never lose hope, in all the rounds confidence was checked and please keep patience.
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